When You Know It is Time For A New Garmin

I love my Garmin.  Like lurvvvve, love.

Honestly, I don’t do well with verbal directions that use phrases like “turn east” where the road ends.  And around here, sometimes directions go somewhat like, “turn right at the old barn, next to the Wilson place, then go about yea far and go right at the split.” OK, not really, but sometimes those type of phrases sneak into directions.

The Garmin is especially awesome on vacations and road trips.  No stress trying to figure out which exit to get off on, making wrong turns in an unfamiliar city, etc.  Then there’s that great feature that shows you the time to beat how long that leg of the trip will take.  I’ll sometimes use the Garmin just for a time estimate, even if I don’t need it for directions.

Like all technology, sometimes you have to concede that it is time to upgrade.  I have reached that moment with my Garmin, for sure. I’ve had mine for a long time and it has been awesome, but not everything always works like it did when it was brand spanking new.

Sometimes that little X you tap to cancel the route just isn’t there at all (technology likes to mess with me, so it could be a conspiracy, but I’m sure its mostly age).  Sometimes it is there.  Again, mostly age, but I still tend to think a small part of it just wants to mess with me.

Roads… thinking ones are there that really aren’t (because they didn’t get put in as proposed) and new roads or changes to roads do not show correctly.  I know, I know, you are supposed to be able to download new road information, but I’m not sure if older models (we don’t need to age shame, but mine has been around for a bit) will necessarily support the newer downloads / features.

Annnnnnnnd, most importantly…… Bells. and. whistles.  Because shiny and new.  When you have a piece of technology for awhile, you don’t realize how much they upgrade, update, and reconfigure while you are cruising along using technology that is getting more and more outdated.

My Garmin works great to this day, but sometimes you really just need to update the technology.  I’m sorta frugal (it sounds a little nicer than saying flat out cheap, haha!), so I sometimes gasp at prices (also because my eye tends to move toward the pricier, prettier models – it’s a struggle, haha).

So, I was pretty excited to come across these Groupon Garmin coupons and coupon codes. It is pretty much already Christmas shopping time (I just picked up a bunch of stuff yesterday, so the cousins’ gift shopping are almost done – score!), so I’m thinking now is a good time to start my heavy hinting… or just go buy it for myself.  #MerryChristmastome


Rooney, Party of 4 was compensated for this post, but seriously, y’all. I do love my Garmin. 

SB: Back To School Swago Board

What, what??

As the shirt I just wore to the Back To School Orientation and Meet and Greet says, Dear Teachers: Tag, you’re it!

But sending them babies back to school is not easy on the wallet, between the clothes, shoes, backpacks, supplies, and all the extras (if you’re anything like me and try to help the teacher out with some of those).

So, while you’re doing all that shopping, use the links on the Swago board to get some good deals and money back (SBs you can turn in to gift cards or cash out in Paypal)…

Swagbucks is hosting another round of Shopping Swago! What is SWAGO you ask? It’s a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you’ve never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site and an easy way to earn a good amount of points quickly.

Click here to get started!

Here’s what you need to know to get your 200 SB Bonus (and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern):

  • Shop Swago will begin on Monday, August 7th at 9am PT/12pm ET, make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value.
  • Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • The game ends Thursday, August 10th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus.

    Also, if you sign up through me this month, you’ll get a $10 rebate when you make your first purchase via Swagbucks Shopping! You can activate it in the “Swag Ups” area of “My Account”

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SB: Money Back On School Shopping At Kohl’s (In Addition To Kohl’s Cash)

Aaaack!  It’s that time! Actually, it has BEEN that time here and I’m just a procrastinator and now behind the 8-ball!

Back To School shopping!  School starts for us in two weeks, and don’t tell everybody… but I’ve done pretty much zero back to school shopping. This Kohl’s deal comes at a pretty good time for me.

$12.50 back on a $50 purchase, PLUS Kohl’s Cash?  Yes, please.

Note: It isn’t limited to school related purchases, that’s just what is on my agenda right now.

Swagbucks has a deal where you can get 25% back when you spend $50 at Kohl’s, and that’s before any deals you’ll get through Kohl’s Cash.

Here’s how you take advantage of this deal:

1. Click here and sign up for Swagbucks if you haven’t already. Make sure you create your “Swag Name” after you sign up.

2. Send an image of your product(s) along with the qualifying receipt to Iredeemkohls@swagbucks.com and include your Swag Name in the subject line.

That’s all you need to do to secure your 1250 SB credit, which is equal to $12.50 – that’s 25% back on your purchase. If you already have a Swagbucks account, you can get a $50 Kohl’s gift card for 4650 SB, a 7% discount of the usual price.

Haven’t tried Swagbucks yet? They’re a site where you earn points (called SB) for doing things like shopping, watching videos, taking surveys, and discovering deals and services you might like to try. You then take those points and turn them into free gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash.

This deal expires 7/29/2017.